Proxmox VE 7.0 surprisingly with Debian 11 “testing” as the basis

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Only a good two months after Proxmox VE 6.4, the makers of the Linux-based open source virtualization platform are postponing version 7.0. With Ceph 16.2 (Pacific) it now supports the current version of the object storage system by default. The predecessor Ceph 15 (Nautilus) can still be used.

As with every new major version, the Debian substructure of Proxmox VE also changes – this time from Debian 10 (Buster) to Debian 11 (Bullseye). This is surprising because the latter is still in the “testing” phase of the Debian development cycle. So far the Proxmox developers have always based their environment on a Debian version from the current “stable” branch.

Proxmox GmbH from Vienna, the company behind Proxmox VE, justifies this unusual step iX with the fact that Debian 11 has only shifted due to an unsolved problem in the Debian Installer, but all packages relevant for Proxmox VE are in freeze or are being looked after by Proxmox developers themselves.

A more detailed explanation by Thomas Lamprecht, Lead Developer at Proxmox, can be found on the company’s website in detailed press release for release.

Except for the mentioned Ceph 16.2, Linux 5.11 as the new kernel and a revised installer, other very big innovations are within the scope: Containers with LXC 4.0 were already on board with version 6.4, and the predecessor had already made the switch to OpenZFS 2.0.

What is new in version 7, however, is the support of the Btrfs file system, single sign-on using the Open ID Connect protocol and the option to manage Debian repositories via the GUI. All changes can be found in the Changelog on the Proxmox website.

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